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Not seen this posted before so I thought I would mention it. The BBc News tracker gives you access to the latest top stories from World, UK, Entertainment and Sports straight to your mobilephone.

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What does it do?
The application will grab the latest headlines for you, either on demand or automatically (depending on the capabilities of your device).

Why are we launching it?
The BBC is seeking to raise awareness that BBC News and Sport content is available on mobile devices and also make it as simple as possible for users to get to BBC content using their device.

How do I get the application?
It is free to download. If you text HEADLINES to 88822 we will send you a link.

What content is available in the application?
The top stories from World, UK, Entertainment and Sport.

When does it update?
You can update the headlines at any time at the click of a button. Where your device supports automatic updates, the headlines will update at 0800, 1200, 1630 and 2000 GMT.

How do I switch off updates?
If your device supports automatic updates you can switch them off at any time by selecting Stop Updates in the application's Options menu.

Do I need this application to get BBC News on my mobile?
No. BBC News is universally available for connected mobile devices. Just go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/news/ on your device or text NEWS to 81010 and we'll send you a link.

Will it work on any network?
Yes, although you need to be able to access the internet from your device. If you are unsure, ask your network provider about accessing the internet from your device and what data charges apply. Warning! Some network data charges are high.

What technology is this using?
The application is available in either Java MIDP 2.0 or Flash Lite, depending on your device. The Mobizines concept (which the BBC News Headlines Tracker is part of) has been developed by independent company Refresh Mobile Ltd. The Flash version does a timed pull 4 times a day on the BBC's WAP RSS feeds. The Java MIDP 2.0 version currently provides on-demand updates only.


The list of devices supported according the BBC website are as follows

What handsets will it work on?Sony Ericsson
SE K700
SE K750
SE D750
SE V800
SE Z800
SE V600
SE K608i
SE K600
SE W800
SE S700
SE F500
SE K500
SE Z1010 Nokia
Nokia 6630
Nokia 6680
Nokia 6681
Nokia 6682
Nokia 7610
Nokia 6670
Nokia 6260
Nokia 6600
Nokia 6230
Nokia 6020
Nokia 6230i Motorola
Motorola E1000
Motorola RAZR
Motorola V980
Motorola V545
Motorola V400
Motorola V300
Motorola V180
Motorloa E398
Motorola C980
Motorola C975

Windows Mobile
T-Mobile SDA
T-Mobile SDA Music
Orange SPV C550
Orange SPV C500
i-mate SP3i
i-mate SP3 Samsung
Samsung SGH-D500
Samsung SGH-Z500
LG
LG V8330
LG V8380



Now the list isn't exhaustive as my N70 isn't mentioned but it installed fine and is working well(FLash Edition). Basically it seems as long as you have a Java enabled handset as mentioned above, then it will install.

Just thought I would mention it as it's quite a nice little feature to add to the handset. And it's free (apart from your own data costs of course)


The Full details are here http://news.bbc.co.u...elp/4457508.stm

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To be honest I just use the BBC's PDA site which sizes nicely onto my 550's screen :)
I guess this is some sort of webcrawler? RSS feeds? Does it use/support graphics? Those of us not yet on 'unlimited' data need to be mindful of such trivialities :D

Good find though. I might well take a look...

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Didn't work on my Vario... it just took me to Mobile BBC News website - no download to be found.

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